How to stop file dates and times being corrupted in Elements Organizer (especially video files)

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After many years of fighting with this problem I still haven't found a solution.

In the Organizer in Photoshop Elements, if I have adjusted the date and time of a video file and then subsequently either reconnect the file or refresh its thumbnail within Organizer, the date and time associated with that file in the Organizer reverts back to the original date and time of the file and effectively ignores any date and time changes I have made.

I am using PSE Version 9 and will happily upgrade if this issue has been fixed in a later version. All I want is that when I have adjusted the date and/or time of a file within Organizer, then this takes precedence and any future manipulation of that file (other than a further date/time edit) cannot override the date/time that I have set. I appreciate that there are many different date attributes associated with files and it is a complicated area, but wonder if a solution is to add this user defined date/time to the catalog and default to this date/time (if it exists).

Any advice on how to avoid this problem would be very gratefully received. I have thousands of files in the Organizer with hundreds of video files that I have adjusted dates and times of (within Organizer), and if I need to reconnect them all (if, for example, I move my files which I need to do occasionally) then this would take me weeks to sort out.

I have also noted the same issue on old jpg files.

Many thanks - it would make me very happy to find a solution to this one!
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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I don't have PSE9, but I just tested the date / time change in PSE6 and PSE12.
In PSE6, the change of date / time in the catalog was not written into the file metadata automatically; you had either to update thumbnail or write metadata to file. In PSE12 (and probably PSE10 and 11) changing the date in the catalog also writes the date in the metadata of the file. You should not have a problem with recent versions.
That said, I highly recommend testing this in a trial version of PSE12. Much better in my opinion, but needs a real effort to get used to with the new interface since PSE11.

Edit : I rarely do videos...
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Many thanks for the quick response Michel.

I have tried the trial version of PSE12 but unfortunately it does not fix it. I see the functionality that you describe which works fine on images (i.e. changing the catalog date by adjusting the date automatically updates the metadata in the file as well) but unfortunately this is not the case with video files (I am testing on .mov files).

I think the issue is that PSE does not seem have the ability to edit metadata of .mov files (I note that the 'Save Metadata to File' is greyed out for them). However PSE automatically sets the catalog date from the file's metadata when the thumbnail is updated (or the file reconnected), hence overwriting the catalog adjusted date.

Any ideas from anyone to prevent this from happening (i.e. not update date from file's metadata on thumbnail update or reconnect), or alternative workarounds would be very much appreciated.

Many thanks.